Whitewater Rafting

#7 in Best Things To Do in Jasper National Park
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2 hours to Half Day Time to Spend


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Rafting trips are a great way to see some of the more remote areas of Jasper National Park and they are excellent excursions for adrenaline junkies. Most of the rafting companies stick to the relatively calm Athabasca River, which runs through the southwest portion of the park and is a popular choice for families. The Athabasca River still boasts Class II rapids though, so travelers will still want to use the issued wetsuits to stay warm in inclement weather. For more of a challenge, adventurers should consider the Fraser or Sunwapta rivers, which include Class III rapids.

Past travelers almost universally leave glowing reviews of whitewater rafting in Jasper, particularly praising the opportunities to take in the beautiful scenery. They also generally appreciate the family-friendly nature of the rafting experience.

Prices vary depending on which company and river you select, while trips range from three to five hours. The cost per adult ranges from CA$70 (about $53) to CA$115 (about $87) – tickets for children cost roughly half as much – with longer, more difficult excursions costing more. Trips run from mid-May to mid-September, with the number of options peaking in July. Two popular companies are White Water Rafting Jasper and Maligne Rafting Adventures.  

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#1 Maligne Lake

The second-largest glacier-fed lake in the world, Maligne Lake enchants travelers with its brilliant turquoise waters and stunning skylines. Anyone who wants to trek to Maligne Lake should take the time to visit the lake's Spirit Island as well, which is one of the most famous views of the Canadian Rockies in the world. The lake sits east of the Icefields Parkway in the southern portion of the park, and travelers can access the area with their own car, in an excursion bus or even as part of a motorcycle tour. (To book a motorcycle tour, check out the Jasper Motorcycle Tours website.) Once at the lake, visitors can take advantage of a variety of tours and excursions, or just explore the area independently.

Past visitors recommended bringing a camera to capture photos of the beautiful scenery – many note there are numerous photo opportunities. However, recent travelers also warned that both the cruise and nonmotorized watercraft rentals come at a steep price.

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